Emerson Avenue Community Garden sets goal to raise money for capital improvements

The Emerson Avenue Community Garden (EACG) is readying to launch a capital campaign to raise money for improvements at the nearly 1-acre plot of land located at Wright STEAM Magnet. Through hard work and dedication, EACG volunteers have transformed what was once a neglected, weed-covered piece of land into a thriving green space with 38 garden/food plots that opened in 2011. The space is also home to a school garden that is used by Wright STEAM and WISH students and staff, a butterfly garden, a California native plant garden and over 50 trees. More than just a green space, the EACG hosts workshops, gardening days and the popular end-of-summer bash, the Westchester Arts & Music Block Party.

The EACG is able to use the space under a joint user agreement with LAUSD, which requires the nonprofit to make improvements to the property, including bringing the space into ADA compliance and adding new entry gates. To create a more park-like atmosphere, the group also plans to add seating areas, create better walking paths, install additional lighting and increase storage.

With an ambitious site plan already drawn up, the EACG has set a goal of raising $150,000 in 2019. Once the money is raised, the group anticipates 5-7 months of work to complete all of its planned projects.

EACG volunteers are hoping for the community’s support in reaching their fundraising goal. For more information about their capital plan, to share ideas or donate, please visit eacgc.org/capital-plan.

Posted January 2019.

Photo by Greg Dina Pham.